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'England excited by Six Nations challenge'

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Tom Croft says the England camp is excited about the challenge that awaits them in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations.

England, the defending Six Nations champions, have been training this week at West Park Leeds in readiness for the opening game of the defence of their title, against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, February 4.

And Croft says: “Camp is very good. There are a lot of new boys coming into the squad and bringing a lot of energy in.

“It’s a fresh team, it’s a fresh coaching staff and it’s exciting times for England.”

Croft is one of the members of Lancaster’s senior leadership group, and has been tipped in some quarters to follow in the footsteps of former Tigers teammates Martin Corry and Lewis Moody and captain his country.

“I have always said that to captain any team is a massive honour,” Croft told Talking Rugby. “If you are given it you take it with both hands and go forward with it.

“There are plenty of boys who have those leadership qualities, who have captained their sides already or have that spark that the boys will follow.

“Whoever is chosen, the boys will follow and we will go forward.”

Watch England kick-off their RBS 6 Nations campaign in a Welford Road double-header on Saturday, February 4.

Tigers host Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road in the LV= Cup in a 3pm kick-off before England take on Scotland at Murrayfield at 5pm. We’ll have live coverage of the England game around the stadium and on a big screen in Final Whistle.

Home games in the LV= Cup are included in a Leicester Tigers season ticket. Match tickets are available now from the Welford Road ticket office, on 0844 856 1880 or online by clicking here